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five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in the newtown school district that reopened their doors today. a sign in one window said, quote, we are strong. the flags are flying at half-staff. the we also saw more moving vans rolling from sandy hook elementary which is the one school still closed. it is still considered a crime scene. all the desks and chairs and equipment and supplies from sandy hook are being moved to another hill. chalk hill, in the town of monro
for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria and playing for israelis and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate a lasting peace. yesterday the pope talked about the lure of technology taking time away from war shopping god. >> pilgrims from around the world flock to belles a to bethlehem lining up to see the birthplace of jesus. leland vittert live from bethlehem, sending christmas greetings to us like nobody else can. merry christmas to you. >> reporter: you're right it is really a roo tphaoebg and magical place on earth to be for chris nass. i'm going t christmas. you see the christmas tree all lit up and past that the church of the nativity where tonight there are a couple of thousands of people lined up trying to head inside and down to the bible when th grothe tow where the bible said jesus was born two m ma malennia go. the pope took a political penned talking about the nation of palestine certainly on the mind of a lot of people here, a lot of locals in bethlehem and the west bank. nobody really does christmas celebrations like they do in the west bank. palestini
. also senator john mccain calling president obama's refusal to intervene in syria disgraceful and shameful and that was months ago when he said that and now when it is so much worse. sierra is reportedly ready to use gas against their own people. what does senator initiated. neural speeds increasing to 4g lte. brain upgrading to a quad-core processor. predictive intelligence with google now complete. introducing droid dna by htc. it's not an upgrade to your phone. it's an upgrade to yourself. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] while you're getting ready for the holidays, we're getting ready for you. tis the season. for food, for family, and now, something extra -- for you. >> first the wisconsin state capitol, now michigan. hundreds protesting against michigan coming a right to work state. today republican governor rick snyder and gop leaders saying they will push to right to work legislation. and tonight both the michigan house and cincinnati passing the measure. we spoke with.gov nor snyder about the erupting fight. >> nice to see you, sir. >> good to be with you. >> you've had an i
. >>> more than 100 people were killed in syria today. civilians doing nothing more than waiting in line for bread. witnesses say a syrian military aircraft dropped bombs on this small village and hit a bakery where scores of people were gathered trying to get desperately-needed food. witnesses say the hospitals cannot handle all the casualties. >>> the people of egypt give a thumbs up to a new constitution drawn up by the country's most islamist assembly. this weekend was the second round of a nationwide referendum. the new constitution adjusts the leadership positions and clarifies how the country's laws are made. we'll know the final results in just a few hours. >>> hours ago hawaii senator daniel inouye was laid to rest. he represented hawaii in washington for more than five decades, ever since hawaii became a state in 1959. the 88-year-old senator was also a war hero. he lost his arm in world war ii. president obama and the first lady attended today's funeral in hawaii. obama has said inouye was his earliest political inspiration. >>> we are not going to budge. that's the message fr
," secrets from inside syria. a defector says the world has reason to fear chemical weapons there. >> we are getting chilling details of the deadly arsenal amassed by the assad regime. it is tuesday, december 11. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. in a moment, what that one-time insider from syria's chemical weapons program is saying now. if you weren't nervous about the situation before, after listening to this guy, plenty of reason for the world to be nervous what's going on inside syria. but also this half hour, the ultimate sacrifice. the member of the navy s.e.a.l. team 6 killed while freeing an american doctor from the taliban has been identified. we'll find out more about this fallen hero. >>> tom hanks is standing up for heroes. how the hollywood star is helping an army staff sergeant who just returned from afghanistan. >> very cool story. it was a prank in the best sense of the word. >>> and later, beyonce scores a $50 million deal. a sweet payday from a soft drink company. all the details coming up. >> keep read
escalation in syria's civil war. nato has detected the firing of unguided scud-type missiles. >>> and we're also learning new details of the latest phone call between president obama and house speaker john boehner did not go well. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with today's long-range rocket launch that's managed to put a satellite in earth's orbit. here's why it is important to all of us. even though north korea is one of the poorest countries and many people are starving there, the korean peninsula is the most tense, most dangerous places on earth. there are roughly one million north korean troops on it is side of the militarize zone separating from south korea. as well as nearly 30,000 u.s. forces. not only are they within strikes distance of the launch site, a long-range rocket shows north korea is on its way to developing technology to launch a rocket at the united states's west coast and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge
it shortly, in syria that the regime may be cracking with this general defects. what is the latest there? >> reporter: the key for syria is russia and iran and there are indications now that russia may be open to some kind of deal and it is not for any altruistic region but they're trying to preserve what little influence they have inside syria. that is a key russian ally and they would be like to be on the forefront of brokering a deal rather than syria totally fall in the hands of jihadists and somebody risch shuns have no influence on. one of the reasons they may start to talk about the deal is high level defection. this was the general in charge of the military police. when he defected over to turkey it is very nasty thing to say about the regime and president assad because he is now joining the rebels. this is may be why the russians are starting to think about talking to people. there are report that is the syrian deputy foreign minister now in moscow for talks possibly trying to negotiate some kind of settlement, some kind of transition. how that would look where it would be anrd
newsroom continues with brooke baldwin. >> cnn goes inside syria. witnesses this man crawling on his stomach just to save this woman's life. she had been shot by a sniper. you will see what happens next. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. be prepared. a massive cyber attack may be coming and the target? your cash. plus in his last weeks in congress, dennis kucinich demanding president obama give up secrets about drone attacks. he joins me live. >> it's 30,000 square feet. >> so long, hollywood. america's got a new hot spot for movies in the deep south. >> good to be with you. -iment brooke baldwin. i want to begin with a cnn exclusive. this is tough to watch, but the pictures speak volumes about what the syrian civil war is doing to its own people. this is about this teenager who defies the basic survival instinct, running away from a hail of bullets. oh, no. instead this young man who used to work in a bakery decides to crawl into the gunfire to try to save a stranger's life. this is a reality for so many syrians every single day. here's cnn, but if there children in the room, get
for a stomach bug. hillary clinton has a bad one and she is having to bail out of friends of syria, a meeting tomorrow in morocco. william burns will go in her place. one topic they're expected to discuss is how to deal with radical islamists among syria's rebels. >> hope the secretary is feeling better. >>> the foreign relations committee overseas the state department, that, of course, means susan rice is nominated to be secretary of state. the arizona senator would be in a position to grill her during her nomination hearing. mccain has been one of the biggest critics of susan rice suggesting she misled the nation about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> accused new york subway pusher, davis, is expected back in court today. he told "the new york post" he was high on pot and heard voices before allegely pushing 58-year-old on to the tracks. naeem davis is charged with second degree murder. >>> he also wants to lose the gps device and be allowed to travel outside seminole county, florida. he's expected to argue eight motions in all. >>> bob costas is not backing down from his c
to speed now, a shocking number of dead and wounded today in a small village in syria. >> terrified survivors. witnesses say people were standing in lines for bread when a syrian military jet bombed the bakery. more than 100 people were reported dead. that number may go way up as night goes on. full report from the region in just a moment here on cnn. >>> nine days left before you face a new year with higher taxes. apparently a fiscal cliff solution is not wrapped up as a gift under your christmas tree. makers are home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner is in ohio, president obama is in his native hawaii. you'll hear about a last ditch effort that may happen after the holiday. that story just a few moments away here as well. >> a united states senator was arrested for drunk driving early sunday morning. idaho republican was taken to jail in alexandria virginia after midnight. he was stopped for running a red light and charged with driving under the influence. the senator has issued an apology. he was released on $1,000 bond and he has a court date. >>> christmas, two days
, over the weekend we've seen more signs that the regime in syria is beginning to crack. what is the latest? >> well, the big change that we're seeing now is inklings from the russians they're trying to figure out a way to at least put their toe in the water, figuring a way to move president assad out. it doesn't appear at least that the russians have any altruistic values in it operation than they're likely to save their own influence inside syria than let jihadists or something take over that they can't talk to considering how serious russia and syria have been as allies the last couple years. look what is going on the ground. a general in charge of the military defense group, the military police there inside of afghanistan, inside of syria, pardon me, he just redecked over to turkey and is joining the rebels. this is the most serious high-ranking defects we've seen in a while. that shows another part of the momentum turning toward the rebels, away from the government who are becoming increasingly isolated inside of their cities, unable to project power. the army we heard is
.s. and other countries should not get involved in syria. 52% against the idea of "usa today" or other country's planes to set up safe zones. this as a gruesome scene unfolds. people who got out to buy bread were killed as they lined up at a bakery to get the bread. mohammed jamjoon joins us by phone from beruit. some of the video you are about to see is extremely graphic. what can you tell us? >> dana, it's horrific and grizzly details that are emerging. opposition activist says hundreds were lined up to get bread from the bakery. the first time it opened in over a week in the town of haifa. it was shelled by a warplane overhead and at least 1200 people killed in the attack. the amateur video posted online shows an extremely gruesome scene. mangled corpses in the rubble. you can see rebel army officers and civilians trying to help the wounded. a terrible, terrible tragedy according to whom we've been speaking with. that town harbors a lot of anti government sentiment. liberated by rebels just a week ago. and because of that, they were targeted by the regime yesterday. they issues a statement
. also, president obama comes back from hawaii for the year's final showdown with congress. >>> and syria's government unleashes its most sophisticated weapons of the war. missiles from iran. we'd like to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." >>> i want to begin with a crisis you probably don't know is coming and, of course, is just about to hit. barring a last minute deal, union dock workers at more than a dozen major ports will go on strike this weekend. meaning just about everything we buy, from clothes to cars, can't be unloaded. the strike would impact 14 port along the eastern seaboard in gulf coast, including the port of baltimore and that's where we find cnn's brian todd live. the potential impact of this is pretty big. >> reporter: it's huge, candy. right here, this is one of the most crucial ports for commerce in this region. the sieger terminal. you can see massive container ships sitting in port. this is the port terminal with the bustling operations, containers still
out to reach a peaceful solution to the civil war in syria. the chance of a resolution are decreasing but it's necessary to avoid bloody choose. his comment after he met with sir rin officials. the activists says they've killed more than 44,000 people but rebel fighters won't accept any government with current syrian regime officials. leland, we've heard calls for a political solution before, right? >> we've absolutely heard these calls for political solution n fact this plan the russians are putting forward is oddly similar to the plan dead on rifle in june -- arrival in june. he wasn't interesting in giving up power and the russians aren't interested in plan that leaves assad in power. the russian speak of a bloody chaos that could occur, the rebels are making significant gains, gaining momentum. one rebel fighter says we're going to fight all the way to bashar al-assad palace. you have the priors for both sides, sectarian civil war and proxy war in the sense russia and iran are protecting assad and the other gulf states are supporting the rebels that are fighting fiercely. as long
treated as a capital crime. >>> more than 90 people have been killed in an air strike on a bakery in syria's central hama province. the strike hit a town recently seized by rebels in a new push to take territory in hama. rebels have been fighting the >>> an unofficial tally shows egyptians have voted to approve their draft constitution. a preliminary count by state-run news agency shows 64% support it. members of egypt's leading opposition party say they are planning to appeal the result bus official results are not expected until tomorrow. >>> solving the fiscal cliff. one millionaire says he is ready for his taxes to go up. his message to the 1%. >>> and we will have the legendary barry manilow join us later in this hour. he will tell us why a jewish boy is singing christmas caroles so much. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to hel
this morning after escaping gunmen in syria. they were held for five days before they were freed following a gun fight between the kidnappers and rebel forces in syria. they appeared on the "today" show this morning just hours after they release. here is a bit of the story. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago in wa we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels. and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped ott of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks. they were heavily armed. they dragged ussous of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gun men, some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. then they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places. and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. with regards to being killed, they made us choose which o
with the latest information. >>> reports of massive food shortages in syria, evidence the assad regime is specifically targeting food to keep it from people. we'll talk to former nato ambassador about the kind of aid that they really need. >>> and it could be the future of air travel. one airline now offering higher bundled ticket prices to stop the extra charges at check-in. just in time for your holiday travel too. we have all the details on that one. even when they say it's not it is always about money melissa: all right. first let's take a look at the day's market headlines. a nice start to the work on wall street with financials leading the way. the giants were buoyed by reports that washington may be closer to a deal we'll get into just a moment. the dow closed the day up 100 points. >>> the empire state manufacturing index stayed negative for the fifth straight month the index which looks at manufacturing activity in the new york area fell to negative 8.1 in december from negative 5.2 in november november. >>> morgan stanley slapped with $5 million fine for the handling of the f
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after five days in captivity in syria. we've got brand new details on that. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days, some days we would rather forget ♪ [ male announcer ] the way it moves. the way it cleans. everything about the oral-b power brush is simply revolutionary. oral-b power brushes oscillate, rotate and even pulsate to gently loosen and break up that sticky plaque with more brush movements than manual brushes and even up to 50% more than leading sonic technology brushes for a superior clean. oral-b power brushes. go to oralb.com for the latest offers. bill: here we go, now. the first official review of the terrorist attack in benghazi, libya, said to be complete. this comes days before the hearings began on capitol hill. hillary clinton will not testify for now.ecovering from that concussion. john bolton, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor and good morning to you. >> good morning. bill: tell
developments in the growing crisis in syria. u.n. envoy calling for a transitional government run the country in order to end the conflict. russia's foreign minister mixon grimmer marks of such a plan actually working, saying that it still necessary to reach a peaceful solution. leland vittert has more on this. reporter: the russian foreign minister said that he feared that syria could turn into a bloody chaos that there was not some kind of negotiated settlement. many looking at the video that we see every day now coming out of syria. syria is already in a bloody chaos. more than 40,000 people killed. so far in this uprising. the death toll continues to rise every day. the rebels are now starting to gain momentum a little bit. pushing into damascus, some of the other larger cities. at the same time, the regime is growing more desperate and shelling of civilian areas and those kinds of things for the only lasswell might be the russians, who at some point could break away from this and getting their own traction. president bashir max as he is not leaving. the violence continues and we are at a
production crew, they are free today after being held for five days inside syria. engle spoke with reporters in turkey shortly after he and his team escaped dure, a deadly fire fight between their kidnappers and syrian rebels. take a listen to this. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. and we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would rather forget. >> they would like to forget them. we can tell you that engle and his team vanished thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. and though no one claimed responsibility for this kidnapping, engle said he thinks his captors were part of this militia loyal to syrian president bashar al assad, and trained by iran's revolutionary guard. he also said they planned to trade the journalists for hostages held by syrian rebels. engle spoke again today about the ordeal. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten
on this with while. meantime there are new concerns about iran's involvement in syria's civil war. leaders in tehran have been accused shipping weapons to the assad regime. in a fox news exclusive we are now uncovering intelligence what iran may be receiving in exchange for what they are sending apparently to syria. leland vittert joins me now. he is live in jerusalem on this. good morning, leland. >> reporter: good morning, martha. tae run is now getting very sophisticated russian-made air defense systems. this totally changes the strategic map here in the middle east, not only between iran and israel but iran and united states. military planners have to totally rework any plans to attack iran's nuclear facilities. these air defensivelies are sophisticated enough to make an attack very difficult. assigned by russia to protect its military businesses and icbm facilities the s-300 is among the most sophisticated and at this aircraft system in the world. russia sold systems to syria largely to protect president assad's regime by attack from nato or israel. with syria falling into chaos and civil war d
-made systems which russia refuses to sell to the iranians. of course, iran has been supplying syria with fighters and could change plans to strike iran's nuclear facilities. former intelligence officer mike barrett joins us, the c.e.o. of security consulting firm diligent innovation. this could change the israelis' plan? >>guest: it is a fairly advanced system. what you get is upgraded radar and the ability to take down the missiles you shoot in first. a major tactic when you attack using aircraft you want to send in antiradiation missile to take out the radar but if iran has a high are number of missile sites that changes the equation and it puts a certain amount of uncertainty. they are truck mounted and it creates a lot of unnopes so you have to rethink the attack plan from the israeli point of view. >>shepard: would the world try to stop this exchange from happening? >>reporter: the russians in 2009 agreed to sell them but there was tremendous pressure by the united states and the israel and other world powers to prevent that sale and that gives you a good indication of how adva
in syria and say government forces are using them to attack neighboring areas. >> rick: they were some of hurricane sandy's most vulnerable vis ctims and now children hit hardest by the storm are getting a heart-warming surprise this time of christmas and, dan bowens has more from our affiliate station in new york city. >> reporter: an unexpected christmas surprise for the children of ps253 in the rockaways. >> shout it out... ♪ >> reporter: the holiday joy is deeply appreciated by the students, many with families still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> a lot of them have been going through a lot of difficulty, the past few weeks. trying to recover, and, you know, some apartments not having lights on. >> reporter: state senator malcolm smith playing the role of the santa and since the stormed worked with hot 97 identifying families in need. >> alisyn: this is overwhelming, i mean, your heart gets full and, a young man... santa, santa! >> reporter: helping collect most of gifts... we told you about this good samaritan and her friend last month and started their drive a
and explosions and death in syria. this is damascus. at least five people were killed today when a powerful car bomb blew up in this residential neighborhood. it tore apart apartment buildings and filled the streets with debris. government blames rebel fighters for setting off the bomb. at least 30 people died in attacks across syria today. half of them in damascus. >>> this is new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high-pressure water hoses trying to break up a rally against the government. people are furious after a woman was reportedly gang raped last weekend. women are not safe in new dehli and other cities in india. >>> it's one of our top stories this hour on cnn. a former u.s. marine and war veteran is released from a mexican prison. he spent four months there without a trial on a questionable gun charge. he describes conditions there and his treatment as deplorable. another american family is desperately trying to bring home steven knight, an american who has been in a mexican prison more than a year. cnn's rafael romo has his story. >> reporter: this is what steven knig
to work. cisco. tomorrow starts here. >> a new weekend of violence and death and explosions in syria. this is damascus, five people were killed when a car bomb blew up. it filled the streets with debris and tore aparty apartment buildings. 30 people died in attacks across syria and half of them were in damascus. this is india, new delhi to be specific. people being blasted with high pressure water hoses, people are furious when a woman was gang raped and beaten on a moving city bus last weekend. protesters are demandsing changes to india's laws and say women are not safe. the man convicted of stealing the pope's private papers has been pardoned, the pope himself set the man free and cleared him of all charges. the former butler was arrested for leaking some of the secret papers to a author who included them in the book. he can pardon anyone he chooses. not far from the vatican city, a famous roman general's tomb has been found, and the problem is there's no money to do it. we have more. >> reporter: in rome, dig in you are likely to find something very old. for the past six years sci
to remove gallstones. he has not appeared in public since 2010. >>> syria's chief of military police has defected to join the revolution. in a video posted on youtube which cnn cannot verify he says syria's army has deviated from the mission to protect the country while carrying out massacres against innocent civilians. >> the two firefighters who survived the sniper ambush in webster, new york will be upgraded to satisfactory condition. they were shot monday while responding to a house fire. the two firefighters who were killed will have funerals on sunday and monday. >>> nbc's david gregory may have violated d.c. gun laws. during an interview on "meet the press" he held up a high-capacity magazine which is illegal in the district. the washington metropolitan police department is investigating. >> thank you very much. up next, big news if you drive a toyota or have been watching our exclusive reporting on cars that owners say accelerated out of control. a billion dollar settlement to tell you about and more when "360" continues. >>> big news, a billion dollars worth in fact. a story tha
. >>> freedom for a network reporter and a crew after being held captive in syria. vic in the newsroom with a dramatic escape. >> richard engle and his crew disappeared last week before crossing into syria from turkey. engle believes his kidnappers were a shiite militia group. a dozen gunmen dragged them from their cars. they were subject to mock executions during their five days of captivity. >>> the syrian government tightly controls the movements of foreign journalists. so many sneak into the country. >> the e-mail which triggered the resignation of david petraeus will nettled charges against his mistress. the justice department department dropped their investigation of paul a broad well. her affair was exposed in a series of e-mails to joe kelly. in those e-mails she warned kelly to stay away from petraeus. he resigned in november after their extramarital affair came public. >>> a push to make easy bake ovens for boys heats up. jessica kartalija explains. >> girls aren't the only ones who are supposed to cook. is in the message we want to send to our youth? >> reporter: that messag
it is coming up next. >> danger on the front lines. a well known war correspondent abducted in syria. what happened it to richard engle and his crew. >> holiday tragedy days before christmas. a baltimore county family loses everything in a house fire. >> chilly weather moving this way. stick around for the updated weather forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> it is maybely clear, 47 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning forecast is coming up. >>> a fast moving fire in dundalk leaves a family of six homeless tonight. as mike schuh reports, a quick thinking maybe may have prevented it from being worse. >> reporter: here's what it sounds like when firefighters must evacuate this burning home. that horn confirmed what bystanders feared. this fire in dundalk was dangerous, big, and getting worse. >> there was a call for a mayday but it was a mistake. the firefighter was in the rear of the building. nobody knew where he was. they found him. it was okay. >> reporter: when it started two kids were home alone watching tv. luckily, neighbor ed hurley was out walking his dog. >> two
charles durning. he died yesterday at his home. he was 89. >> ahead on "starting point," syria's government not letting up on its assault on its own people, and new concerns about a deadly mystery gas. we're live with the very latest on that. >> and video you want to see this morning. it could completely change space travel as we know it. it's an impressive development. that next. >> but first we go to break with a look at the christmas nights glowing in the negotiate in india. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest
firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newto
that passes off -- pisses off syria, secretary panetta said later. he said if he invited kim jong he servedinner, jh him a glass of wine and tried to find out how he thinks. he is clearly a complex man. his accomplishments over 74 years span two branches of government, education, and a little bit of farm labor on his california ranch. before taking office as the 23rd secretary of defense, secretary panetta served more than two years as cia director. after three years, chief of staff to president clinton. he and his wife cut directed the leon and sylvia and the institute at cal state university at monterey bay. to promote public service. he served eight terms in congress. rising to chairman of the house budget committee in 1989. then'pressing s director of the office of management and budget -- then president clinton' director of the office of management and budget to replaced by me in welcoming to the national press club secretary defense leon panetta. [applause] >> thank you very much, theresa, for that kind introduction. thank you for the introduction to be here today. i look forwa
push to end the bloody war in syria. russia's foreign minister and the u.n. envoy, for syria are meeting today and both are calling for a a long-sd piece initiative that calls for a transitional government leading to elections. this meeting coming as new violence erupts between government and rebel forces. that violence has left dozens dead. in fact so far the death toll, it was at 40,000 and it now supposedly topped 45,000. but we are having a meeting this weekend between that u.n. envoy for syria and russia's foreign minister. they will be discussing this plan for a transitional government and we're going to talk more about that right now with fox news military analyst general jack keane, a four-star general and former vice chief of staff of the army. thank you for joining us, general. >> good to be here, patti ann. patti ann: back in june the world powers in geneva came up with this proposal for a unity government. both the assad regime and the opposition rejected it because it would involve the two sides sharing power. now they want to revive the plan but is it desirable?
a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same position six years ago but resign because of health problems. he helped his party dominate elections last month. he promised to revive the economy and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and
defection. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. >> well, syria's military police chief reportedly has fled to turkey on a scooter after plotting his escape for three weeks. in a video posted online, a man purporting to be the police chief accuses the government of carrying out massacres of innocent civilians and he says the military is nothing but armed gangs that kill. he says is he defecting to, quote, join the people's revolution. and the recovery in the housing market remains on pace. home prices rose 4.3% in october over last year, that is it the biggest percentage increase in more than two years. near record low mortgage rates and fewer foreclosures are helping spur sale which is in turn is boosting prices. and the world's longest high speed rail line is up and running and it's in, where else, china. the 1428 mile line spans more than half the country linking the capital of beijing to the southern chinese bloom city. trains will run at 186 miles per hour. >>> and civil rights icon nelson mandela has been discharged from a south africa hospital. 94-year-old former president will conti
the presidential palace today after clashes with protesters killed seven people. in syria, meanwhile, rebels continue to advance on damascus, prompting concern that president assad's regime will respond with chemical weapons. question, should the u.s. intervene in any of these here now is mark ginsburg, former white house middle east advisor. welcome back, mark. here's the thing. we drew a red line, president obama drew a red line over these chemical weapons of mass destruction. at what point do we have to start bombing them to prevent them from moving and utilizes those weapons of mass destruction? when's that happen? >> larry, the fact of the matter is that i already know some of those weapons have been moved and put into the hands of the iranian revolutionary guards operating in syria and also i believe some of it has been sold to hezbollah. so as far as i'm concerned, there's some of that red line that's been crossed. but to answer your question, the fact remains is that if the intelligence report says, as the president and the press reports are leading us to believe, that precursors hav
issues the vice president of syria told a lebanese newspaper he does not think his military can defeat the rebels. that the assad regime may be planning some sort of exit strategy. pro-government forces have been battling rebel forces for nearly two years. human rights activists claim more than 40,000 people have died. the latest concern has been whether the syrian military would use chemical weapons on its own people in a last ditch effort to stay in power. but today syria's ambassador to the united nations warned that the rebels might try using chemical weapons and then blame the government in an attempt to gain more support. >>> egypt is bracing for widespread protests tomorrow against the country's new pot and its newly drafted constitution. demonstrations raged on against mohammed morsi. opponents claim he tried to make himself a dictator by granting himself near absolute power. over the weekend, voters passed the new constitution with 57% of the ballot. if passed if an upcoming vote, his ally also have sweeping new powers. protesters claim the vote was full of irregularities. the
political inspiration. the civil war in syria already tragic on a dwloebl scale. took a shocking turn for the worst today. [ yelling ] >> this is a small village in western syria. more than 100 people were killed in a bombing here. some say the death toll is higher. according to witnesses, syrian military -- a syrian military jet dropped three bombs on this town on the spot where scores of people were standing in line for bread. >>> a ban on proezs doughfied in new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high pressure water hoses. demonstrators hit the streets after a woman was gang-raped on a moving city bus last weekend. they're defending the toughening of india's rape laws. meanwhile, further knott a protest over the assault of another woman turned deadly wrash a video journalist was killed by police gunfire in protests there. >>> one of the most senior navy s.e.a.l. officers is dead in afghanistan. investigators believe he killed himself. this is the officer i'm talking about. navy commander joe w. price, 42 years old. a pentagon official says there's no indication he w
obama's government. that is obviously not happening here. it is what is happening in syria. that is what is happening to bashar al assad. dramatic high-level defections that show no signs of slowing down while a civil war rages on. more and more it seems people in the regime do not believe the government will win, and so they are abandoning it. assad's chief of military police, his defection enforcer, this week was almost poetic, before defecting his job was to stop other people from defecting. his department was literally tasked with shoring up the loyalty of the armed forces. and he didn't just easily and casually walk out of the country. according to opposition figures, who talked to the "new york times," he planned his escape for weeks and it "ended with a four-hour sprint by motorcycle to the turkish border, driving through woods and on muddy roads." the syrian spokesperson, the one who said publicly that the assad regime would not use chemical weapons on his people, he supposedly left weeks ago, and no one seems to know where he even is. the guardian reports he might be in the unit
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